A good choice of rootstock for a small garden, more vigorous than M9, it will withstand moderate competition from weeds and grass and will grow successfully in soils with fertility on the low side.

M26 rootstock trees do not produce a strong root system and they should therefore be supported by a stake during their lives. 

It is ideal for the amateur gardener who wants to grow a small bush tree or cordon and espalier shaped trees. Its size can be controlled to a large degree by pruning twice a year, with no specialist knowledge required. 

Although not as quick to produce fruit as M27 rootstock trees, it is almost guaranteed to produce a crop in its third year. 

GardenAction recommend this rootstock for small to medium sized gardens and for growing cordons and espaliers. The tree will reach a height of about 3 metres /10 feet, although pruning twice a year will keep the tree to a height of about 2 metres / 7 feet. Before selecting this rootstock see the pros and cons of MM106 rootstock.


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Name: Hazera Forth
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Date posted: July 04, 2011 - 10:21 am
Message: I am looking for a suitable rootstock to chip graft from a tree I grew from seed which was a granny smith but the fruits were actually a bit of granny and something red and are very good in pickles (it took 17 years to fruit). My mum needed the space so has cut the tree right back but I want to preserve it somehow and thought grafting some buds or side shoots would be the most sensible thing to do. Please can you advise on what would be the best option? I have a 60 foot garden with lawn, with clay soil and plenty of light throughout the day. Thanks.

Name: Lynn Mutch
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Date posted: May 25, 2011 - 12:18 pm
Message: What type of apple does the M26 rootstock produce? Is it edible or just ornamental. I have some that we grafted Liberty and Sweet 16. However, they did not take and all I have left is the rootstock.

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